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Oct 08 2016
Tsd906
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South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2016
Tsd906
Hiking6.15 Miles 4,790 AEG
Hiking6.15 Miles
4,790 ft AEG
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My goal for this hike was South Kaibab trail to Bright Angel Campground, up Utah Flats Route to Cheops Pyramid, then return via Bright Angel Trail. I recall reading someone on this site saying they'd do this as a day trip (round trip) from Phoenix... :o absolutely insane! (No disrespect intended). I drove up Thursday and truck camped at a site adjacent to Grandview Tower. Woke up a little later than intended (top quilt was way too comfy and warm) and drove to the small parking lot/picnic area on 64 near the entrance to Yaki pt./SKTH. I planned to hike and return to catch the Blue shuttle from BATH to the visitor center and then catch the Orange shuttle to South Kaibab TH. I knew time would be the issue. As I found out later, time and electrolytes would be the issue. I Hit the trail at 6am and it was cool to see all the headlamps heading down the trail. I also quickly found out that I was about 1 minute behind the mule train...made for some careful stepping. :? I made it to the river at 8:30 am, did some photo ops then ate a snack before the ascent to Utah Flats route. The climb to Utah Flats took a bit longer than I had anticipated and I started doing the time calculations in my head, knowing my ascent up BAT would be ~5 hrs. Also, I started feeling cramps in my middle back. As much as it pained me to turn around, I felt it was in my best interest considering the shuttle schedule and now my apparent lack of electrolytes feeling in my back. I returned to Phantom Ranch cafe and enjoyed my $4 lemonade and consumed everything I had that had sodium in it. Restocked on water and headed back across the bridge to the BAT at around 1:30 pm. Hiking up the weather began to turn and it started to rain with thunder and lightning just after Indian Garden. The thunder sounded amazing in the canyon and the rain felt SO good :y: . I hit the top at 6pm with the Blue shuttle bus ready to go. I asked if driver could call to the Orange line at the Visitor's center, but he said he wasn't allowed to do so. He told me, over the bus intercom, that we "should" arrive at 6:39 pm and the Orange line (last bus) would depart at 6:40, and if I "Ran" to the bus the driver would probably wait for me. I told him I probably would NOT be "running". Apparently the entire bus full of tourists found that funny and burst into laughing. :lol: Anyway, I made it on time, with Orange bus driver waiting for me, only passenger and last bus...whew! I'm not sure I would have walked the 5 miles back to my truck if I had missed that bus. I truck camped again and drove home the next morning.

All in all, a great hike. I WILL conquer Cheops, next year now that I learned a few things. I sweat a lot and did not plan accordingly for this hike. Next time, I will bring plenty of electrolyte replacements, and an earlier start. I might also make it an overnight by camping at Phantom Creek (Backcountry) then doing Cheops the next morning.
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Sep 29 2016
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Deer Springs TrailBig Bear - Jacinto, CA
Big Bear - Jacinto, CA
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2016
Tsd906
Hiking10.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.33 mph
5,000 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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My original plan was to do Cactus to Clouds. Wednesday night, all ready to go, parked at lot across the street from the Palm Springs art museum, set to crash for the night and wake up early to get started up the Skyline trail. I decided to double check the Tram schedule, and..."CLOSED for annual maintenance", "Tentative" opening on Saturday. ](*,) With that bit of bad news, I needed a plan B. I was not going to hike 10,000 AEG and then back down into the heat. A quick internet search of alternate trails up to Mt. San Jacinto peak and I was driving around the mountain to Idyllwild. I parked at the trail head and slept in the back of the truck and got started at 7am. Great trail and perfect weather! I came across a Conservation Corps crew building a new trail about 3/4 the way up, chainsaws and jackhammers were not the sounds I expected to hear on my way to the top. Then around Little Round valley I ran into a very nice couple from Australia on their way back down after summiting. I got to the top at 2:30 pm after 7:30 hours :y: . Cool and breezy up top with views to die for. Simply amazing 360 degree views of Palm Springs, Banning, San Bernardino, Idyllwild, Salton Sea etc. I had the summit to myself for about 15 minutes then I was joined by a gentleman who was doing the day hike thing. After numerous photos and standing on top of the world, I went back down to Little Round Valley and set up camp. I forgot my thermometer, but based on internet weather search I'd agree it got down into the low 40's. With nice down top and bottom quilts, I was warm in my hammock. Despite my warmth, I didn't sleep well, I am assuming due to not acclimatizing to the altitude. Kept waking up feeling short of breath. Anyway, woke up and got started back down around 9am and made it back to the truck by 12:30. A lot of folks heading up, met some nice people whom I might hike with soon. Over all a great hike with awesome views! Highly recommend it!
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Jul 09 2016
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White Box & Hanging Gardens of WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 09 2016
Tsd906
Canyoneering3.60 Miles 540 AEG
Canyoneering3.60 Miles
540 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Myself and two friends drove to the edge of the canyon Friday Night. FR 142 hasn't gotten any smoother since the last time I was here, but I think that's a good thing! ;) We car camped then headed down into the canyon bright and early hoping to get to the camp site at the gardens first. :scared: We passed a group of 3-4 camped near the power lines, then a couple camped at canyon edge and another vehicle was parked at canyon edge too, so we were thinking our chances at the Gardens camp site were slim.

We entered the canyon and proceeded down, eventually passing 3 younger fellows who said it was their first time in the canyon and had ventured down about halfway to the hanging gardens at night. I assumed after busting their behinds on the slippery rocks multiple times, they called it a night and camped on the huge flat boulder in the middle of the creek bed about halfway between the White box and the Gardens. I asked if they knew of any other folks ahead of us, which they said no, so we pushed on to claim our hammock spots.

As we neared the Hanging Gardens about 100 yards upstream we began hearing what we thought were campers building rock sofas at the camp site. Sounded like large flat rocks being stacked on top of each other and echoed through the canyon. I was a little disappointed at the thought someone had beat us there until I cleared some brush and I saw movement across the steam (Camp site side of the creek). Two large Big Horn Sheep had been butting heads making the sound. Literally we were about 40 feet away from them across the water. I managed to get some video before they turned and climbed up a very steep portion of the canyon wall. Amazing sight!!!

Anyway, we arrived and had the camp site to ourselves for about an hour+ until several families and groups of college kids arrived to enjoy the area. Nice rope swing with a harness set up, and some rock jumping too. Everyone left around 4ish pm and we had the place to ourselves for the night. Amazing night in the canyon with a slight breeze and the sounds of the Hanging Gardens waterfall. Heaven on Earth!!! :y:

Packed up in the morning and headed back upstream. That first swimmer of the morning...my voice raised an octave or two! :o Rest of the way out was beautiful. As we were about to drive away a group of hikers hitched a ride from us back to the power lines where they were parked. Despite FR142 being so rough, there sure was a lot of traffic at the WB&HG this weekend. Very special spot!

Not sure if this will work, but here's a link to the video of the Bighorn.

https://youtu.be/y3 ... SMF0
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Jun 18 2016
Tsd906
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Chevelon Lake #180 - South AccessPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Kayak avatar Jun 18 2016
Tsd906
Kayak0.45 Miles 368 AEG
Kayak0.45 Miles
368 ft AEG
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My Dad and I took my 4 YO son to Chevelon Lake to introduce him to camping and Kayaking. Nice 3 generation Father's Day camping trip! The last 4 miles of FR 180 were definitely high-clearance only. As my Dad said..."Keeps the Prius crowd out of there!" :y: Arrived at the end of FR180 and there were already folks camping at the best spot (Right on the edge of the canyon. :( So we made do at an adjacent spot and embarked on a great weekend filled with tents, hammocks, hikes, kayak, rock jumping and some Rye and cigars once jr. went to sleep! :D

Very nice local with a brown Doberman Pinscher (Tonto?) told us about the flat rock on the edge of the lake for some great swimming and jumping. Thank You! Heading back up there very soon. Might try the east side next time to get the seclusion we sought. Not sure about any trail down from the ridge on the east side though...more research needed.
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Aug 08 2015
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Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 08 2015
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Canyoneering22.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Canyoneering22.00 Miles
3,000 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
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Finally the moons and planets aligned allowing my wife and I to get away without the kids so I could show her why I am always raving about how beautiful and fun Wet Beaver Creek is. We were somewhat pressed for time, so we opted for the out and back hike vs. the full loop hike. Plus I was a little unsure of how she would handle the full 22+ miles and dropping in Waldroup Canyon etc. So we car camped Friday night (enjoyed the heavy downpour and lightning :scared: ) then woke early and started off around 6am. Got to the Crack and had it to ourselves for about an hour and a half, laying around on the rocks like lazy lizards. After the first day trippers showed up, we began our boulder hopping up the canyon. Sad to see the amount of trash at the crack ](*,) We hiked 3-4 miles upstream making sure to swim the big pools then eventually turned around and returned to the camp spot up on the ledge near the huge boulder perched atop another. Woke up and hiked back out. We were on the Bell trail back to the car around 10 am and it was getting hot. Passed several groups of people with little kids who looked to have very little water with them??? Anyway, it was a great weekend to spend quality time together in one of AZ's gems!

Some gear notes (Yes I'm a gear junkie). Tested on this trip: (1) 5/10 Water tennie shoes...awesome, although nothing grips the slimy rocks, these shoes do grip better than any others I've tried. Held up very well boulder hopping and gripping other surfaces. (2) Watershed Westwater waterproof backpack...This thing is incredibly huge (I carried 99% of the gear) and water tight. When I say water tight, I mean I could have used the bag as a floatation device while completely on top of it and it stays sealed! The Ziploc type closure is incredible. (3) NRS stealth life vests...these made the longer swims very relaxing and the low profile allowed us to wear them with a back pack on over the top of the vests while boulder hopping/hiking. My wife is not as good of a swimmer as I, so she really appreciated them. Made for floating and snapping pics very easy and enjoyable too.

Forgot to mention...brought along my brand new GoPro that I got for father's day...forgot it in the car. :tt:
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Mar 08 2015
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Castle Dome Peak - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2015
Tsd906
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
2,100 ft AEG   6 Hrs    Break
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I tried to get to the top last weekend but the rain was making things a bit slippery so I turned back about 3/4 the way up. Not to be discouraged, and after a tough week, I set out on Sunday at about 7am. Parked at the wash near some campers and proceeded up the wash solo. Made it to the top and enjoyed the rock to my self for about an hour and a half, or until my Cigar and Flask of The Balvenie were done. :y: Absolutely amazing views from up there! Heading back down was slow going in some areas, but not too bad. Passed a group of about three heading up and another straggler further down. Fun hike/climb, will definitely be back to enjoy those views again before the heat comes.
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Sep 13 2014
Tsd906
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White Box & Hanging Gardens of WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Sep 13 2014
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Canyoneering3.60 Miles 540 AEG
Canyoneering3.60 Miles1 Day         
540 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
My wife and I took another couple to white box/HGs, our plan was to drop in at Cash tank, leisurely meander to the hanging gardens, camp over night and go back the next day. That was the plan...the 142 fire road was bad, so this was very slow going, often requiring me to get out and guide the driver to avoid undercarriage damage on rocks. We finally made it to the rim, or close enough (Parked about halfway between the powerlines and the rim). At the top, the weather was great, spotty clouds, sunny and warm. Weather websites said zero percent rain...1 hour after dropping in the canyon and finishing the White box swim, the thunder clouds attacked and the canyon was suddenly dark, very dark. We turned back and within minutes the downpour and lightning was intense. Getting back out and up the wall was tricky and very slippery but we made it. The drive (Crawl) back out the fire roads was very slippery and muddy. A fun adventure, but disappointing and a good reminder how quickly the weather can change. The rope swing area in the white box was clogged with logs and debris.
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Aug 16 2014
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Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 16 2014
Tsd906
Canyoneering22.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Canyoneering22.00 Miles
3,000 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
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Yep, I just can't stay away from this place. Brought some friends from work to share this special place and they brought their sons. We parked at the top of Waldroup Canyon and car camped Friday night. Began the descent around 7 am on Sat, and camped creekside about halfway down the main canyon around 5pm. Finished up around 2 pm on Sunday at the Crack. The Crack was super busy, probably about 30-40 people. We had pre-staged our other vehicle at the Bell TH so we packed in and made our way back up to the top of Waldroup where we ran into a group of ladies who had just hiked out of Waldroup and were searching for their car... :-k hmmm? We offered our help, but they swore they would be ok.

Weather was great Sat and Sun, with threatening clouds overhead Sun evening as we left. The drive south and west through Phoenix was treacherous with all that rain.

Already planning my next one here and a section of WCC soon. :y:
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Jul 25 2014
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Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 25 2014
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Canyoneering22.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Canyoneering22.00 Miles2 Days         
3,000 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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So my first attempt at WBC was with my Dad in June. We parked at the top of Waldroup Canyon and hiked down into the main canyon camping after just two of the swims at the campsite just below the waterfall. We camped and exited back out the way we came as his legs were not feeling up to the task of going further down. The hike back out of Waldroup really did him in.

I returned this weekend to do the loop hike solo. Started Friday morning at @ 5:40 am and made it to the top of Waldroup canyon by 10am. It got a little hot up top especially traversing the left shoulder of Hog hill. I began with 100oz/3 liters of water in my bladder and a Smart Water bottle filled with coconut water/water mix. By the time I reached the first spring feeding WBC, I was out of water. Next time I will bring a little bit more water and suck up the weight penalty. Dropping down Waldroup canyon is always fun with the 6+ drops/waterfalls (Dry). Thanks to whoever left the rope at the middle/big drop. I lowered my pack on that one, but traversed all the others normally.

Once in the main canyon the first water shows up about 1/4 mile down and then your first swim as the water is enclosed on both sides by rock cliffs, like a hallway. This pool was pretty chilly, but man did it feel good in this July heat. I'm going to guess at temps up top ~100 and down in the canyon ~85...again just a guess. The main canyon is filled with about ~20 spots requiring swimming, so I was wet pretty much the entire time. I reached my campsite at around 2pm and set up my hammock/tarp, and just relaxed after pushing it a little too hard/fast in the heat. Thunderstorms rolled in around 7:30 pm and kind of concerned me, but no rain other than a very brief/light sprinkle that lasted about 10 min. Pretty warm all night with the exception of early morning and it got down to maybe 70...guessing.

Next morning I got up, still feeling the lingering effects of pushing myself in the heat the day prior. After getting packed up I pushed on down the canyon planning on going as far as I could and camping one more night. As I continued down, swim after swim, I noticed I was able to just push on through to the end. So I just decided to go all the way out without stopping for the second night. In hindsight, I should have stayed one more night to relax and enjoy it a little more.

The pools/swims down toward the end start to become more red/supai rock and very impressive for you photog types. Amazing views! I ended up finishing at the Crack and ran into some tourists in dire need of water as they had brought little with them and drank it all. I filtered some for them and then hiked out with them to the parking lot at the trailhead. Made it to the car at 7pm. All in all a great hike. Like I said I think next time it will be a 3 day hike for me and I will take it a bit easier on day one, so as not to over do it in the heat.

I brought a Intex inflatable tube (Think inner tube) and a swim noodle as a back up. I would sit in the tube with my pack in my lap and basically backstroke. After learning how to get in it with my pack (first time was a disaster) it got easier. My pack was lined with dry bags and then doubled bagged with a large contractor trash bag. I liked using the tube, however, inflating and deflating got old and at times I left it inflated, but traversing the canyon (Boulder hopping), through tree branches without puncturing it was very challenging and slow going. The tube made it, :y: and now that I know where the swims are located, next time should be easier as I'll be able to stow it away when I know the next swim is a ways off.

Camp sites level for tents are few so I would recommend hammocks in this canyon.
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May 12 2014
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Telegraph Pass - YumaSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 12 2014
Tsd906
Run/Jog4.30 Miles 1,227 AEG
Run/Jog4.30 Miles      16 Mns   50 Secs15.33 mph
1,227 ft AEG
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My once a week PT session. Love this hill. From the gate/sign to the top = 16:50.
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